UCLA In the News May 15, 2017

UCLA In the News lists selected mentions of UCLA in the world’s news media. See more UCLA In the News.

Chicano art wields sharper political edge | NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Chicano art has tackled political topics from the beginning, starting with the grape boycott of the 1960s and ’70s and the Vietnam War. “It is an art that was made alongside of a movement for civil rights,” says Judith Baca, a visual artist and Chicano studies professor at UCLA. “So some of the most powerful images came about ... farm-working conditions in the Central Valley in California; artworks that spoke about inner-city struggle with the police; artworks that articulated stories and histories that had been forgotten and not spoken about, or taught in the schools.”

Sharing selfies may be dangerous | Fox News

“A lot of people are not aware that just having a smart phone in your pocket is a map to every single place that you go, everywhere you’ve been…. If I sent you a picture of myself by text and you open that photo in an application like iPhoto for Apple you’d be able to find out the GPS coordinates of where I took that,” said UCLA’s Dr. Safiya Noble. (Approx. 00:45 mark)

What is ransomware? | Associated Press

“Ransomware, like the name suggests, is when your files are held for ransom,” said Peter Reiher, an adjunct professor at UCLA who specializes in computer science and cybersecurity. “It finds all of your files and encrypts them and then leaves you a message. If you want to decrypt them, you have to pay.” (UCLA’s John Villasenor also quoted) (Also: Phys.org)

Neuroscience argument against “living in the present” | Quartz

Dean Buonomano, behavioral neuroscience professor at UCLA and author of the recently published “Your Brain is a Time Machine,” says that the human brain is an inherently temporal organ. “Not only does it tell the time, it also allows us to mentally project ourselves into the past and the future,” he says.

Instilling hope for Alzheimer’s patients | KABC-AM’s “Engaging Mind”

“First, let me acknowledge that this is a devastating illness. It really takes people’s lives away from them. Not just the patients, but their caregivers as well. Now, having said that, what a lot of people don’t realize is that they have much more control over their brain health as they age,” said UCLA’s Dr. Gary Small. [Audio download] (Approx. 02:40 mark)

An analysis of Trump’s most recent moves | KCAL-LA

“The handling was bad because Comey did not report his findings to the prosecutorial side of the Justice Department. Instead he went public, preened and expostulated on television, blamed people, made legal judgments he had no right to make, and eventually did it again in a way that may have thrown the election,” said UCLA’s Thomas Schwartz. (Approx. 00:47 mark)

Tai chi can help breast cancer survivors sleep | Agence France-Presse

That’s according to a new study from American university UCLA that adds to previous research which has already found tai chi to beneficial in a range of other health conditions, including alleviating neck pain, boosting cognitive function as we age, reducing the risk of falls in seniors, and lowering the risk of stroke and heart disease. (Also: Psych Central)

Battery-free implantable device draws energy from body | Phys.org

“Combining energy harvesters with supercapacitors can provide endless power for lifelong implantable devices that may never need to be replaced,” said Maher El-Kady, a UCLA postdoctoral researcher and a co-author of the study.

Worm study reveals ‘selfish genes’ that encode toxin | Phys.org

A UCLA study has found that a common strain of Caenorhabditis elegans — a type of roundworm frequently used in laboratory research on neural development — has a pair of genes that encode both a poison and its antidote. The new research also revealed that if worms with the two genes mate with wild strains of C. elegans that don’t have both genes, their offspring who don’t inherit the antidote can’t protect themselves from the toxin — which is produced by mother worms — and die while they are still embryos.

China is at the center of the global trade map | Baltimore Sun

In 2014, China became the largest economy on the planet, if you calculate Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in purchasing-power parities; in other words, by measuring the production of final goods and services with a common system of international prices. China’s new role as global superpower was celebrated with little fanfare. But it’s the source of many of the global economy’s recent shifts and shocks. (Commentary by UCLA’s Javier Díaz-Giménez)

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